For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.
According to the Census Bureau’s latest county population estimates, Orange County had a 0.6% growth rate from 2016 to 2017, one of its highest in five years. Orange County’s estimated population of 382,226 as of July 1, 2017 was up 2,300 from 2016, largely because of the birth rate. Orange County’s numerical increase was fifth-highest in New York state.
Proximity to New York City has had an effect on county population numbers with the mid-Hudson Valley counties closest to the city – Rockland and Westchester – having net migration losses from 2016 to 2017, while counties farther away all had net increases. Dutchess County had the biggest net migration increase in the Hudson Valley, with only Saratoga and Erie counties higher statewide.
Orange County’s historical population is as follows:
More people leads to more vehicles on the road. And more vehicles on the road leads to the possibility of more accidents. The following is a list of things you should do if you are involved in a car accident:
- If the car accident is minor, move vehicles out of traffic to a safe place.
- Shift into park, turn off your vehicle, and turn on the hazard lights.
- Use cones, warning triangles, or flares for added safety, if you have them.
- Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
- Call the police, even if the accident is minor. A police report can be invaluable to the claim process and help establish who’s at fault.
- Gather information from others involved in the accident.
- Drivers and passengers: names and contact information
- Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
- Driver’s license numbers
- License plate numbers
- Insurance companies and policy numbers
- Eyewitnesses: names and contact information
- Accident scene location and/or address
- Police officer’s name and badge number.
- Take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene, if it is safe to do so.
- Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
- Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.
Contact our office at (845) 986-2777 in the following instances:
- Liability is not clear or is shared between or among the parties.
- You have no idea how to evaluate your claim.
- The adjuster has asked you to provide medical records from prior to the accident.
- The adjuster has made you an offer and you think your claim is worth a great deal more.
- The adjuster is offering a structured settlement rather than a lump sum payment.
- You are not confident in your ability to negotiate a settlement on your own behalf.
- You have a claim of lost wages that is difficult to prove—for example, you are a consultant, a business owner, a sales person, etc.
- There are extenuating circumstances that make your claim more valuable and you don’t know how to prove your loss (for example, you’re a caregiver and can no longer take care of your husband or sick mother).
- The insurance company has denied your claim, you believe they are incorrect in their denial, and they will not reconsider.
- The insurance company’s settlement offer is too low.
- You are seriously injured with significant medical bills with or without residual disability.
- You are moderately injured with residual disability and will incur future medical bills.
- The injured party is a minor with more than slight injuries.
- Liability is being disputed and you believe you are not responsible or are only partially responsible for the accident.
- It’s been almost a year since your accident, you’re not close to settling your claim, and you don’t know what the statute of limitations is in your state.
- The circumstances surrounding the accident are complex and may require expert investigation.
- The other party to the accident has served you with a lawsuit.
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Be sure to consult with us before speaking to an insurance adjuster. Doing so will save you from making statements to the adjuster that may be damaging to your claim.
If you or a family member have suffered a traffic accident or injury, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.
We take your calls and meet with your family personally to answer all your questions. We will press your insurance company for the coverage you are entitled to and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Personal injury cases require a wealth of experience, and a network of proven experts, including doctors and medical experts, accident recreation experts, insurance investigators, private investigators, and the resources necessary to fight large insurance companies.
All of our personal injury cases are contingency cases, which means you pay nothing out of pocket and we do not get paid unless you get paid.